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Boeing Considering Curbing Production of 737 Max Jet Involved in Deadly Crashes: Source

Boeing is considering curbing production of the troubled 737 Max and could announce the decision as soon as Monday after the US markets close, a source familiar with the decision-making process said. The company could either suspend production or further reduce the production level, the source said. “If they make the decision (to suspend) it’s just a temporary pause of the line,” the source said, adding that the production will eventually resume again. This comes after a meeting last week between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing in which the company said it came away understanding the 737 Max jet would not be cleared to fly this calendar year. The planes were grounded worldwide in March after two fatal crashes — a Lion Air jet into the Java Sea in October 2018 and an Ethiopian Airlines plane near Addis Ababa in March — killed 346 people. Also last week, Congress heard from a Boeing whistleblower who worked on the 737 Max and had urged managers to shut down the production line because of mistakes and cut corners. He said his recommendations fell on deaf ears. An…

Auburn Defensive Tackle Wins College Football’s Lott IMPACT Trophy

Share this article:Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown was announced Sunday evening as the winner of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, awarded to college football’s defensive player of the year based on character and performance. The 6-foot-5-inch, 318-pound Brown was the Southeastern Conference’s defensive player of the year after making a team-high equaling 12.5 tackles for a loss. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy as college football’s best interior lineman and the Chuck Bednarik Award as college football’s best defensive player. Tigers coach Gus Malzahn called Brown “a dominant player and even better person.” Brown was announced as the winner of the award one day after receiving his marketing degree from Auburn’s Harbert College of Business. The other finalists were Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons and California linebacker Evan Weaver. Brown, Fuller and Weaver are seniors while Simmons is a junior. The Lott IMPACT Trophy is the only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the player’s personal character attributes. It is the first national college football award based on the West Coast. It has been presented annually since…

Turnover-Plagued Chargers Routed by Vikings

Share this article:The Los Angeles Chargers committed seven turnovers the Minnesota Vikings converted into 20 points in a 39-10 loss Sunday, their most one-sided in Anthony Lynn’s three seasons as coach. “We’ve gotten beat, but we’ve never gotten beat like that and that was my problem today,” Lynn said after the Chargers’ most one-sided loss since a 33-3 loss at Kansas City Nov. 22, 2015, when Mike McCoy was the coach. “That’s my frustration right now. I haven’t seen that team in the three years since I’ve been here.” All the Chargers’ previous losses this season had been by seven points or less. The Chargers (5-9) allowed the final 30 points after Philip Rivers’ 2-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams gave them a 10-9 lead eight minutes, 42 seconds before halftime. Rivers had three passes intercepted and lost a fumble when he was sacked by Danielle Hunter. Running back Austin Ekeler attempted to recover for the Chargers, but was pulled away by Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks, a former UCLA standout. Ifeadi Odenigbo recovered the loose ball and ran 56 yards down the sideline for a…

2 Brothers Arrested on Suspicion of Killing Man in Chino

A pair of brothers was arrested Sunday on suspicion of killing a man in Chino just hours earlier, authorities said. Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, and Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez, 19, were taken into custody around 12 hours after Joe Steven Melgoza was found suffering from blunt force trauma to the head, according to police. Melgoza, 30, was taken to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities said officers were responding to reports of a fight around 2:20 a.m. when they found Melgoza in the backyard of a home located in the 13200 block of 17th Street. The fight was reported less than half a mile away in the 13300 block of Oaks Avenue, where authorities said officers came across a large crowd from a nearby party. They also found two victims of battery who suffered minor injuries, police said. The Ramirez brothers were arrested hours later when officers served a search warrant at their home in the 5800 block of Chino Avenue just before 2 p.m., according to police. Authorities said they were taken into custody without incident. No other details…

Mundipharma, Purdue Pharma’s Foreign Affiliate, Now Selling Opioid Overdose Drug

The gleaming white booth towered over the medical conference in Italy in October, advertising a new brand of antidote for opioid overdoses. “Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life,” the slogan on its walls said. Some conference attendees were stunned when they saw the company logo: Mundipharma, the international affiliate of Purdue Pharma — the maker of the blockbuster opioid, OxyContin, widely blamed for unleashing the American overdose epidemic. Here they were cashing in on a cure. “You’re in the business of selling medicine that causes addiction and overdoses, and now you’re in the business of selling medicine that treats addiction and overdoses?” asked Dr. Andrew Kolodny, an outspoken critic of Purdue who has testified against the company in court. “That’s pretty clever, isn’t it?” As Purdue Pharma buckles under a mountain of litigation and public protest in the United States, its foreign affiliate, Mundipharma, has expanded abroad, using some of the same tactics to sell the addictive opioids that made its owners, the Sackler family, among the richest in the world. Mundipharma is also pushing another strategy globally: From Europe to Australia, it is…

Investigation Underway After Possible ‘White Power’ Gesture Seen During Army-Navy Football Game Broadcast

The U.S. Naval Academy has appointed an officer to conduct an internal investigation into possible “white power” hand gestures flashed by students during a broadcast before the Army-Navy football game, an academy spokeswoman said Sunday. “Based on findings of the investigation, those involved will be held appropriately accountable,” Cmdr. Alana Garas, a spokeswoman for the academy in Annapolis, Maryland, said via email. “It would be inappropriate to speculate any further while we are conducting this investigation.” Lt. Col. Chris Ophardt, a spokesman for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, said officials there were also looking into the matter. “At this time we do not know the intent of the cadets,” he said. West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen in the stands appeared to display the hand sign during an ESPN broadcast segment. The gesture is similar to the one used to indicate “OK,” with the thumb and forefinger in a circle and the three other fingers splayed out behind. U.S. Coast Guard leaders reprimanded an officer who used a similar hand sign during a television broadcast last year. The Anti-Defamation…

Firefighters Knock Down Apartment House Fire in Baldwin Hills

Share this article:Firefighters extinguished a fire Sunday inside a unit of an apartment building in Baldwin Hills that left one person being evaluated by paramedics, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze inside the two-story building at 4040 S. Nicolet Ave. was reported just before 6 p.m., fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The department sent 20 firefighters to the scene and knocked down the flames in about 12 minutes, Humphrey said. There’s no word yet on what kind of injury the person being evaluated had suffered. The cause of the fire remained under investigation. Firefighters Knock Down Apartment House Fire in Baldwin Hills was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Contributing Editor

Police Searching for Missing Woman, 70, In Anaheim

Share this article:Police asked for the public’s help to find a 70-year-old woman who went missing Sunday in Anaheim. Gayle Klocke was last seen near North Euclid Way and West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim police said. Klocke is white. She stands 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds, police reported. She was last seen wearing a light gray sweatshirt, jeans and white and gray tennis shoes, police said. Anyone who knows her whereabouts was asked to call Anaheim police at 714-765-1900 or 911. Police Searching for Missing Woman, 70, In Anaheim was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Contributing Editor

Military Academies Investigating Cadets’ Use Of Possible White Power Gesture At Army-Navy Game

The United States Naval Academy and United States Military Academy are investigating whether a hand gesture flashed by a midshipman and several cadets during a TV broadcast Saturday was meant to be a sign for “white power.” The incident occurred during ESPN’s telecast of “College GameDay,” the sports network’s pregame show for college football, before the annual Army-Navy football game. While ESPN reporter Rece Davis was doing a live segment from the sidelines, several Army cadets and a Navy midshipman were seen flashing the “OK” hand gesture in the background. The symbol has been co-opted by white supremacists recently and is sometimes used to convey the sentiment “white power,” due to the fingers forming the general shape of the letters “w” and “p,” according to an explanation by the Anti-Defamation League. The use of the gesture as a racist message originally started as a hoax, but has since been adopted in earnest by actual white supremacists and members of the so-called “alt-right.” “U.S. Naval Academy officials have appointed a preliminary inquiry officer to conduct an internal investigation into the hand gestures made during the ESPN ‘College GameDay’…

Hallmark Channel Will Reinstate Some Same-Sex Marriage Commercials It Pulled

The Hallmark Channel will reinstate same-sex marriage commercials that it pulled from the network, according to a company statement sent Sunday. An ad for wedding planning site Zola featuring two brides kissing at the altar was pulled following a complaint from the conservative group One Million Moms. A Hallmark spokesperson previously told The Associated Press that the network pulled the ad because the controversy was creating a distraction. “The Crown Media team has been agonizing over this decision as we’ve seen the hurt it has unintentionally caused. Said simply, they believe this was the wrong decision,” Hallmark Cards CEO Mike Perry said in the statement. “We are truly sorry for the hurt and disappointment this has caused.” Hallmark was facing some bitter criticism on social media over its initial decision to pull the ads. The hashtag #BoycottHallmark was trending at one point on Twitter, and celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and William Shatner assailed the decision. “Put the commercials back!” Shatner wrote. DeGeneres asked: “Isn’t it almost 2020?” The LGBT advocacy group GLAAD called the initial decision to remove the Zola ads “discriminatory and especially hypocritical coming from…

Anna Karina, Icon of French New Wave Cinema, Dies at 79

Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died. She was 79. The French culture minister announced her death on Twitter on Sunday. French media said that the Danish-born Karina had cancer and died Saturday. ‘’Her look was the look of the New Wave. It will remain so forever,” Culture Minister Franck Riester tweeted. “Anna Karina radiated. She magnetized the entire world,”’ Riester said, adding that ‘’French cinema has lost one of its legends.” Karina made seven films with Godard, her partner at the time, including the 1961 “Une Femme Est Une Femme” (A Woman is a Woman), in which she played a femme fatale. For that, she received the best actress award at the Berlin Film Festival. Other cult Godard movies starring Karina included the 1962 ”Vivre Sa Vie’” (Live Your Life) and the 1965 “Pierrot Le Fou.” Karina captured film-goers with her large blue doe eyes and acting and singing talents. The French New Wave broke with traditional cinematic conventions to create a fresh approach to…

Mundipharma, Purdue Pharma’s Foreign Affiliate, Now Selling Opioid Overdose Cure

The gleaming white booth towered over the medical conference in Italy in October, advertising a new brand of antidote for opioid overdoses. “Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life,” the slogan on its walls said. Some conference attendees were stunned when they saw the company logo: Mundipharma, the international affiliate of Purdue Pharma — the maker of the blockbuster opioid, OxyContin, widely blamed for unleashing the American overdose epidemic. Here they were cashing in on a cure. “You’re in the business of selling medicine that causes addiction and overdoses, and now you’re in the business of selling medicine that treats addiction and overdoses?” asked Dr. Andrew Kolodny, an outspoken critic of Purdue who has testified against the company in court. “That’s pretty clever, isn’t it?” As Purdue Pharma buckles under a mountain of litigation and public protest in the United States, its foreign affiliate, Mundipharma, has expanded abroad, using some of the same tactics to sell the addictive opioids that made its owners, the Sackler family, among the richest in the world. Mundipharma is also pushing another strategy globally: From Europe to Australia, it is…

Impeachment Trial: Dems Propose Seeking Testimony From 4 New Witnesses Including Bolton, Mulvaney

Senate Democrats are proposing a weekslong Senate impeachment trial seeking testimony from four new witnesses including John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney over President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, according to a detailed outlined released Sunday. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York proposed the structure for a “fair and honest’’ trial in a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an attempt to launch negotiations ahead of House voting this week that is all but certain to result in the president being impeached. Trump faces two charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden while withholding military aid to the ally. The president faces likely impeachment in the House, where Democrats have control, but he is expected to be acquitted in a trial in the Senate, where Republicans have the majority. McConnell has signaled his preference for a speedy trial. “This trial must be one that is fair, that considers all of the relevant facts, and that exercises the Senate’s ‘sole Power of Impeachment’ under the Constitution with integrity and dignity,” Schumer…

Comey Says There Was ‘Real Sloppiness’ Involving Efforts to Get Warrants to Surveil Trump’s Campaign Adviser

Former FBI Director James Comey conceded that there was “real sloppiness” involved with the bureau’s effort to obtain warrants to secretly surveil a Trump campaign adviser in 2016, saying in a Sunday interview that he was “overconfident” with his trust in the bureau’s procedures. “(The Justice Department’s inspector general) also found things that we were never accused of, which is real sloppiness, and that’s concerning. As I’ve said all along (it) has to be focused on. If I were director, I’d be very concerned about it and diving into it,” Comey told “Fox News Sunday” host Chis Wallace. Asked by Wallace about comments Comey made last year that he was sure officials at the FBI were “responsible” when they prepared surveillance warrants applications for Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the former FBI chief said he “was wrong.” “I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI and (Department of) Justice have built over 20 year years. I thought they were robust enough,” he said. The comments from Comey come nearly a week after the department’s inspector general released a report on the origins of the Russia…

Dodgers Reach $10 Million, 1-Year Contract With Blake Treinen

Reliever Blake Treinen and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a $10 million, one-year deal on Sunday. The 31-year-old right-hander and the Dodgers reached agreement during the recent winter meetings, shortly after the Oakland Athletics declined to offer Treinen a new contract. Treinen was an All-Star in 2018 with a 0.78 ERA. But he struggled last season with a 4.91 ERA and was lost his closer’s role to Liam Hendriks. The Dodgers have won seven straight NL West titles.

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